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Automotive Service Technician Certificate (ASTCT)


The Automotive Service Technician Certificate at Cincinnati State prepares students for entry-level jobs in the technical areas of the automotive service field. Hands-on diagnosis and repair of “live” vehicles enhance students’ diagnostic skills and build a solid foundation for a successful and rewarding career.

Graduates of the certificate program are prepared to take certification exams offered by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

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Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Enter the automotive work force as a technician
  • Take ASE certification exams

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Automotive Technician

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$13/hr - $27/hr

Employment Outlook

Employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow 9 percent through 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for qualified job seekers should be very good.


Effective 2020-2021 academic year

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
AUTO 100 Introduction to Automotive Technology 2 3 3
AUTO 111 Engine Repair 1 2 3 3
AUTO 150 Brakes 2 3 3
AUTO 161 Electrical/Electronic Systems 1 2 3 3
AUTO 181 Engine Performance 1 2 3 3
Semester 2      
AUTO 140 Suspension and Steering 2 3 3
AUTO 162 Electrical/Electronic Systems 2 2 3 3
AUTO 170 Heating and Air Conditioning 2 3 3
AUTO 182 Engine Performance 2 2 3 3
Total Credits:   18 27 27

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum


Program Chair
Charles (Chuck) Butler, BA, ASE-MCT
(513) 569-1636
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